Follow Process, not Method

Are you frustrated in getting to the next level as a therapist? Are the programs you have looked at focused on only one kind of problem? Do they require years and a commitment to a new orientation?

How my practice was transformed

Like most therapists, I learned to follow a method. It worked, but today my practice is far different. Transformation came as a result of my intense interest in exactly how therapy works. Between clinical observation and 21st Century science, I know now that all therapies utilize a few fundamental change mechanisms. They are not even controversial, and we know what conditions they require. So now I pay attention, not to following a method, but to what needs to change, how it can change, and how I can best foster the conditions needed for a specific patient at a particular moment in time.

How I practice now

I still use the techniques I was first taught and some I have learned since, but I use them purposefully and observe how well they are supporting the processes in play. Sometimes I look like a behavior therapist; at other times, psychodynamic. Or maybe EFT or CBT. They all have their place.

It’s time for a change

I think our field is ready for something different, so I’m gathering a small group of therapists to shape a new training program aimed at helping others learn about the “common infrastructure,” the few principles that explain the problems psychotherapy can treat and the few change mechanisms that mediate our success in helping.

How it works: Revised Infographic and eBook HERE

Jeffery Smith MD

Here are a brief infographic to summarize the principles and a free eBook with more detail. Click for access.

In addition, I’ll be reaching out personally via email to engage interested therapists in conversation about training and to ask if they might want to become pilot learners in the new, self-paced, online training program. Click Here for access to the materials. I absolutely do want you to have the infographic and eBook anyway, even if you don’t plan to participate in the conversation!


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